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Question Number: 34647

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 7/27/2022

RE: Rec

Sal of Chicago , Il Usa asks...

Defender knocks the goal backwards to disrupt or stop a dogso or promising attack. Restart and punishment?

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Sal
Thanks for the question

If you mean that a defender has deliberately moved / knocked the frame of a moveable goalpost during play to disrupt play that is unsporting behaviour for which the player is cautioned. If play has to be halted the restart of play is an indirect free kick on the 6 yard line directly opposite from the post which is where the misconduct occurred.
If a referee is of the opinion that the interference by the player met all the DOGSO conditions then the player would be sent off if play had to be stopped to deal with the matter. The restart is still an IDFK.

It would be an extremely rare offence yet it has occurred although I believe play had not started or it was stopped. In those instances play restarts for the reason the ball was out of play that is say the start of play, throw in etc. If the action is seen by the officials it is a caution for unsporting behaviour.

Both of these are cautions if seen by the officials. If unseen a warning is given
As the ball was out of play that is the restart.

While on this subject goalpost safety is paramount and a referee before play should ensure that the posts are securely anchored so that they cannot be moved easily certainly not by a player knocking them. The goals should be anchored with pins and also if possible for the lighter goals with the appropriate weights such as the heavy sand bags that come with them in addition to the pins.

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Answer provided by Referee Peter Grove

Hi Sal,
If your question relates to incidents like the one reported in May this year where a goalkeeper in Norway was found to have been moving the frame of the goal to gain an advantage, then as ref McHugh points out this would be a USB offence resulting in a caution and an indirect free kick.

It this was done as a way to make a shot miss the target then I suppose it could amount to a denial of a goal for which a red card would be issued but I think that would be unlikely in practical terms.

If on the other hand you're talking about the ball being kicked (knocked) backwards then I don't really see where the offence would be.

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